On January 4, 2015, the sports world lost a legend with the passing of the long time ESPN anchor of SportsCenter, Stuart Scott at the age of 49. He was truly inspirational and was a one of kind icon, who now serves as a role model for millions of people around the world.
In 2007, Scott was diagnosed with appendices cancer, but after battling, fighting, and rehabbing, he finally defeated it. However, in 2011, it came back, but AGAIN he successfully beat for the second time. But in 2013, he was diagnosed with the cancer again, and had been battling it and undergoing chemotherapy after another until his time was up. We could say that he lost to cancer, but in his eyes he had BEATEN AND DEFEATED CANCER.
At the 2014 ESPY Awards, Scott was recognized with the Jimmy V Perseverance award. In his speech, he says
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live”
These are one of the most powerful, inspirational, and touching words that I have ever heard. Having watched the ESPY Awards live on T.V., the chills had sent shivers down my spine as his booming voice sucked me in to every word he said. It still gives me chills to this day. His moving speech can be seen here:
One cannot imagine the number of people diagnosed with cancer who look up to Stuart Scott as a figure of motivation. He is the symbol for “Never Giving Up.” Yes, he is no longer with us, but the mere presence of his life have and WILL affect the lives of many others. Like he said, “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” What he is telling us is that we have to make the most of our life. Live the way you want to live. Live in a fashion that you dream of because at the end of the day, when you die, you can say, “I did this; I had accomplished life, and most important of all, I had lived it my way.”
Don’t give up. You lose to cancer by giving in and letting it control your life. Take Scott for example. Diagnosed with cancer and undergoing constant chemotherapy, he was still eager to anchor SportsCenter and continue martial arts because that is what he loves to do. He didn’t let cancer deprive him of the things he loved. Rather, he did what he wanted because it was his life to live and nothing was going to stop him. Ladies and gentleman, THAT is how you BEAT cancer. It’s simple. Just live it.